RIC Symphony Orchestra opens new season Oct. 11

Edward Markward
The RIC Symphony Orchestra, joined by featured soloist Mary Ellen Kregler on flute, opens its 2010-11 season on Monday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall.

Edward Markward, beginning his 38th year at the helm of the Symphony Orchestra, conducts.

Kregler, a RIC assistant professor of music, will be featured in J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 2 in B Minor for Flute and Orchestra.

The major work on the program is Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Johannes Brahms.

“This work is Brahms’s only symphony in a major key and, of the four works in the genre, the only one that has enough bright moments to be called his happy symphony,” said Markward. “It is clearly one of the great works in the symphonic repertoire.”

Mary Ellen Kregler
In honor of the 100th anniversary of composer Samuel Barber’s birth, the Symphony Orchestra will open the concert with his Overture to “The School for Scandal,” a youthful work that brought Barber his first international fame.

Kregler is the principal flutist of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She has performed with numerous orchestras, among them the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Bahamian National Opera Orchestra and Winston-Salem (N.C.) Symphony.

Kregler has also appeared in concert with Placido Domingo, Michael Bolton, and Paul Potts, winner of “Britain’s Got Talent.”

General admission is $10, $5 for seniors and non-RIC students. Free for RIC students and children under 12.